“Fireworks,” the song that kicks off Drake’s forthcoming album , Thank Me Later,leaked online Wednesday (May 26). On it, the rapper touches on his rumored alliance with Rihanna amid verses about Lil Wayne and his rocky relationship with his father.
“I could tell it wasn’t love, / I just thought you’d f—ed with me/ Who could have predicted/ Lucky Strike would have you stuck with me,” Drake raps in the second verse, referring to the Manhattan bowling alley where the two reportedly made out. “Damn, I kept my wits about me, luckily/ What happened between us that night it always seems to trouble me/ Now all of a sudden, these gossip rags want to cover me/ And you making it seem like it happened that way because of me.
“But I was curious,” he continues. “And I’ll never forget it, baby/ What an experience/ You could have been the one, but it wasn’t serious/ There was smoke in the air before/ That was me clearing it, that felt good.”
The track was produced by [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist]‘s frequent collaborator Noah “40″ Shebib and features Alicia Keys singing the hook. The rapper first began performing pieces of the song while on his current Away From Home Tour. Earlier this month, during the Los Angeles stop, he announced Keys would be featured on the number.
The song begins with the lyrics, “money just changed everything,” picking up where he left off at the end of the So Far Gone EP’s “Fear.” The third verse finds Drake opening about his father, a Memphis studio musician who worked alongside the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, and whom he’s had a challenging relationship with; his parents split when he was only 5 years old.
“Everything is the same, but it feels different/ My dad called me up knowing that I still listen,” the Toronto MC rhymes. “And he still got his foot out, guilt tripping/ It’s been years, thought I just learned to deal with it.”
Drake spoke to MTV News in April about “Fireworks,” explaining why it would be the album’s kickoff.
“The song itself is the first song on the album; I think it’s the biggest indicator of what the album is gonna be like,” Drake said. “That’s why I picked that song to go first, and that’s why I wrote the first verse like that. It’s really where I am in my life right now. I know they’re looking forward to the album, so I want them to get a feel of how the story starts off.”
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